I’ve been reading and watching Science Fiction for as long as I can remember. Forbidden Planet had a profound effect on me when I saw it on TV as a 6 year old. It sparked a lifelong interest in space travel, science and Science Fiction.
Some of my favorite Science Fiction novels are:
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
I’ve read all of Iain M. Banks SF work.
Of his Culture series My favorites are Consider Phlebas and Use of Weapons
His non-Culture SF work includes
Against a Dark Background
I really enjoy his work, even the weaker novels (like Transition) are quite readable.
I have an interest in spacecraft, both real and imagined. In particular, I love the futuristic spacecraft designs from the 1950’s and the designs from the SF pulp magazines from the 1920s-1950s. Some of these designs were made into scale plastic models.
One of these kits, the Space Taxi, was re-released by Monogram in 1996. The Space Taxi was a small cargo and personnel transport that was intended to shuttle between orbiting spacecraft.
I no longer have to wait for a kit company or garage kit maker to make a model that interests me. I can make it myself in Rhino3D and have it printed, or print it myself! The Bonestell Moonship is an example.
The AMT Leif Ericson (aka Leif Erikson and UFO Mystery Ship) was probably my favorite and certainly most memorable scale model kit from my childhood.
I recreated the clear engines for the re-release of the kit by Round2.
We had three cats (Entropy, Espresso and Ganache), we have new cats now.
Updated August 5, 2020